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Old Sunday 3rd May 2009, 11:20   #1
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chi-chi-chi-chi-chi'wurrr-chi-ch...?

I heard a bird today in scrub next to woodland in a farmland valley, making a sound a bit like a stuck camera

chi-chi-chi-chi-chi'wurrr-chi-chi-chi-chi-chi'wurrr-chi-chi-chi-chi...

I recognise it I'm sure but can't for the life of me remember what it is. It seemed to be spending all it's time moving through the inside of bushes rather than sitting out on display (as far as I could see).

Any ideas?
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Old Sunday 3rd May 2009, 11:41   #2
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Could be a Lesser Whitethroat. Seems to fit the song pretty well.
Alternatively, Whitethroat often make a churring call.
http://www.mangoverde.com/birdsound/index.html
http://ibc.lynxeds.com/search/ibc_features/whitethroat
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Old Sunday 3rd May 2009, 12:24   #3
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Thanks, Lesser Whitethroat did cross my mind with the skulking, but the song is too fast.

Each 'chi' was about 1/3 second and the 'wurr' about 1 second, roughly.

Found some great sites while looking though, like the ones you linked to, and xeno-canto.org.
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For some reason my head started making the song of a Sedge Warbler

I'm hopeless at working songs out from the written word though....I need to hear them

Great to have the birds back and singing though, isn't it!
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For some reason my head started making the song of a Sedge Warbler
Funny you say that, because I finally realised that is exactly what it reminds me of, the start of the song the last time I heard a Sedge Warbler.

Oh well, one to try harder to get my bins on next time.
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Old Sunday 3rd May 2009, 22:58   #6
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Sounds like a perfect description of a Redpoll song to me except Ive never seen one being skulky while singing

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Wren?
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Letting folks know what part of the world you were in at the time would be helpful!
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Could be the endless song of the yellowhammer...although it might be a bit early for them calling......you could check out all the sugestions in the opus bird song collection and see if you can narrow it down like that..
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...you could check out all the sugestions in the opus bird song collection and see if you can narrow it down like that..
Good idea

Tell you one thing though Guizotia - once you DO track down which bird it is, it'll be lodged in your memory for good Years ago it took me ages to find out that the bird which was singing away outside our living room window (but in one of umpteen neighbours' overgrown gardens!) was a Blackcap But I remember the song now
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Did it sound like this: http://www.tarsiger.com/mp3/jawetus/carmea1.mp3

otherwise this site isn't a bad one for a good selection of songs and calls:http://www.tarsiger.com/sounds/index...earch&lang=eng

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Sounds like the description of a Sedge Warbler to me.

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OK finally figured out the answer.

The sound I heard was the alarm call of a Blackcap.
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